ISLAMABAD - The 144th death anniversary of classical Urdu and Persian poet Mirza Asadullah Baig Khan Ghalib is being observed on Friday. Ghalib was born on December 27, 1796 in the city of Akbarabad (present Agra). He was an all-time great classical Urdu and Persian poet. He wrote several Ghazals during his life, which have since been interpreted and sung in many different ways by different people. Mirza Asadullah Baig Khan Ghalib is considered, in South Asia, to be one of the most popular and influential poets of the Urdu language.
Ghalib started composing poetry at the age of 11. His first language was Urdu, but Persian and Turkish were also spoken at home. He got his education in Persian and Arabic at a young age.
Mirza Asadullah Baig Khan Ghalib died on 15 February 1869.